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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Cat in can, can be deadly not funny.

Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 7:46 AM
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  • What a great snippet of a tale...there is a great hero in PITA...and the antics of kitty...

    glad he's okay!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Tue, Sep 16, 2014, at 9:56 AM
  • What a sad/happy story with a wonderful end.

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Tue, Sep 16, 2014, at 12:30 PM
  • PITA has been a real trooper when it comes to the cats, not that they realize it but she protects them in her own way.

    Except for her digging out the soil in my new reworked garden beds and bathtub containers, she has settled down quite a bit from her younger years.

    She would love to play with the kittens but she is too big and they don't understand her interest in them. I guess I would not either considering her size compared to them.

    Palindrome, we missed you at the last meeting. I am "home sitting" a plant chefgrape brought for you. I will get it to you (minus a few cuttings).

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Sep 16, 2014, at 9:05 PM
  • It's that rosemary you had mentioned, I think you said yours had not done well and was tough, I needed some fresh and lucked up on a live one. Just so happens this one was as soft as paper and organically grown. so by now its had a few clippings from it...

    I needed a stem of it for a roast...couldn't tell you have much Steve needed, but we can hang early Christmas balls and decorate it a bit and it should be just perfect for you.

    If he leaves a stemmy top I'll make an origami angel to stick up there before we get it to ya! HA! It's a small little plant.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Sep 17, 2014, at 12:18 PM
  • Sorry I wasn't there.......

    Wore myself out moving a mattress set and bed frame from the upstairs bedroom to the downstairs bedroom and it took me longer than expected. By the time I finished there was no time to get ready and get to the meeting.

    Wanted to bring a few things to share but unexpected work took over my week and the fun things got dropped...... This is all happening because my daughter and her family moved out of Shelbyville into a house less than half the size of the one they left.

    Looking for a handy person to help with some things around the house.....Have any recommendations? I have a couple days of work for a person who can do a variety of things....

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Sep 17, 2014, at 12:45 PM
  • Oh ! How wonderful !

    Yes, I lost every one of my plants this past winter. Rosemary has been bred to withstand lower temperatures but not the spell of low temperatures we had this past year.

    Chefgrape........How generous........You are not keeping it for your next roast ?

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Wed, Sep 17, 2014, at 1:31 PM
  • Nope,... its all yours...the next roast will be venison, I just gotta cook and get outta my freezer its bulky and driving me insane, for the room I need.

    That rosemary is soft and it might get a little fragile...you'll have to nurse it over the winter a little.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Sep 18, 2014, at 12:43 PM
  • Yes.....I should probably have a freezer give-away party. I have a small freezer and have no more room for this years production....

    So....I certainly know what you are facing.......

    Just put it on the list of too many things to do......

    Today my yard is being dug up for the new water pipes Wartrace is putting in. They are digging right next to my trees and taking lots of roots........Wonder what kind of loss there is going to be in the garden......... What a mess.......Put that on the list too...........

    -- Posted by Palindrome on Thu, Sep 18, 2014, at 1:12 PM
  • That cat digging around in your garden... Now we know your secret fertilization process.

    -- Posted by Rocket Valentine on Fri, Sep 19, 2014, at 10:52 PM
  • Boy, I wish cat poop WAS good for the garden. We have PLENTY of it.

    Earlier this year I planted two plants in the garden, creating a nice soft spot for one of our felines. I usually leave a little indentation to trap moisture.

    This time it 'trapped' a large, juicy poop. They must have thought I dug that little hole for them to poop in. When I noticed it a few days later, the plant was gone.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Sep 25, 2014, at 7:51 PM
  • I think PITA is going to become a Physician's Assistant. Earlier this week she was barking about 9:30 at night and when I checked on her she was barking right up next to the garage.

    I figured she had a raccoon or opossum cornered so I went out to distract her so the varmint could move on. Instead she was barking at Lil' Puff.

    When I checked closer I saw that Lil' Puff had a runny nose, runny eyes and had apparently picked up what Little Pepper had earlier. She was also a it lethargic so I brought her in for a regimen of antibiotics and eye ointment.

    She is now back out and doing fine but she might have gotten much worse if PITA had not brought her to my attention. She does not bark at the kittens any other time, (watches them intensely, but, not bark) so I can only guess it was because she knew Lil'Puff was sick. Amazing.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Sep 26, 2014, at 10:50 PM
  • Pita could be an inspiration for a good book. The tales she has inspired with her unique personality are very entertaining. I look forward to the new ones she creates for you to share.

    -- Posted by jstus on Sat, Oct 11, 2014, at 5:46 PM
  • Thank you for your encouragement jstus. Our cats, and dogs (especially PITA) give me stories almost every day.

    I would probably write about them every day but that would dominate this venue way too much. I have actually thought about creating a blog to chronicle their lives as well as discuss all kinds of issues revolving around pets and other animals.

    I mention other animals because we occasionally have to help less tame residents of our world around us. Mostly birds but occasionally squirrels, chipmunks, opossums, raccoons, mice and even insects.

    Except for a few things like fleas, ticks, squash bugs, etc., we let all live and let live. I even give the tomato horned worm a chance to survive, just not on my tomatoes or peppers.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 12, 2014, at 9:55 AM
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